“On Tuesday Florida voted to amend their state constitution to restore voting rights for convicted felons who’ve served their sentence, except those convicted of murder and some sex offenses.
This is a hugely consequential result for this swing state and the entire country. The change will extend the vote to 1.4 million Floridians. (The 2016 presidential vote in the state was determined by 112,911 votes. In 2012, the margin of victory was 74,309 votes. In 2000, it was 537 votes.)
African American voters will disproportionately benefit from the change, given their higher representation among heretofore disenfranchised felons. And the amendment will right a wrong first perpetrated after the Civil War, when white-supremacist legislators resisted the equal treatment of blacks.” (source)
Desmond Meade, an attorney and the director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition spearheaded this campaign to restore the vote. As a young man, Meade was convicted of some drug charges and spent time in prison for possession of a firearm. But even though he served his time and turned his life around, his full civil rights hadn’t been restored- until now. This is a huge win for Democracy!